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Swoon at Your Own Risk

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  631 ratings  ·  85 reviews
You’d think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love—after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. This summer, she’s going to focus on herself for once. So Polly is happy when she finds out Grandma is moving in—think of all the great advice s...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published April 5th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Street corner TBR Challenge
May pick #2 per Tina!

I can definitely see a lot of people liking this one, teenage girls in particular. I think I would have gobbled this up and absolutely loved it back when I was in high-school. It was an okay read, I felt it a little long for it's genre. It's predictable, but has some really fun moments. Like I said, it's an OKAY read....

Polly is having quite the year with bad relationships... 4 or 5 guys in less than a year and now she is stuck working with her ex-...more
Kate McMurry

Fun, breezy, chick lit novel

After five failed romances in the past year, Polly Martin has sworn off boys, but it's a difficult vow to keep. She runs into ex boyfriends everywhere she goes and, on some level, she's still attracted to every one of them. Worse, she also seems to constantly encounter Xander Cooper, a skateboarder she's known for years who's suddenly gotten uncomfortably good looking. He spends a lot of time at Wild Waves, a Western-themed water park where she's working for the summe...more
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I expected to connect with the main character (Polly), because the story is based solely on her - no flipping view points or other plots. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Yes, the characters had their good moments - Polly's mom often had me laughing out loud, in fact. But I didn't feel that pull for Polly - I wanted things to go well for her but I didn't feel connected to her, at all.

It's a fun story, but I generally like to be rooting for one of the characters (or at least like them a whole...more
Peace Love and Reviews
Since this is an ARC, I decided not to say anything about the plot but to just reflect on what I read :), well ok I will not divulge too much info.

I absolutely love this book. The first two chapters wasn't all that and I got worried that I might give this a low rating but then grandma shows up, and then Polly she started enumerating her pathetic attempt into finding herslef in dating the wrong guys, and then another situation and then another and the next thing I know, I am reading quite profuse...more
Apr 30, 2010 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, own
Swoon At Your Own Risk is beyond cute. I loved it. After I started it I couldn't put it down. I had to keep reading it and I finished in a very short amount of time, something I haven't been doing a lot of lately. I juust had to put everything aside and read. =]

Polly was hilarious. She made me laugh so much but that wasn't the only side to her. She was scared and vulnerable and it led to her making a lot of bad choices when it came to guys. She was trying to change her ways but then Xander came...more
Apr 14, 2010 Gaby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chick lit, young adult
Polly tiene 5 ex-novios, uno detrás del otro. Sayer, el ex #2, la dejo porque no era lo suficientemente profunda, ex #1 termino con ella porque ella no acepto acostarse con el, incluso cuando el ya tenia una habitación de hotel alquilada. Ex #3 es bueno besando…..y así sucesivamente. Es por eso que decide no tener mas chicos, concentrarse en su trabajo, ganar dinero para intentar ir a la universidad, y volver a juntarse con su mejor amiga. Pero todo eso es mas complicado de lo que esperaba, en e...more
I thought I would like this a lot more than I did. The idea of this girl working at a Wild West themed waterpark seemed ridiculously amazing to me. Who wouldn't want to read something so odd? Unfortunately, I couldn't really get into this book. I found myself setting it down a lot and choosing instead to netflix some Dean Winchester. While it got a little bit better towards the last 1/4 of the book, it still never sucked me in like I'd hoped.

One of my main issues was Polly. I don't want to sound...more
After a year of boy craziness and subsequent heartbreak, Polly Martin swears off boys for the summer. Of course, that’s much easier said than done since the exes keep appearing everywhere. There’s Sawyer, ex number three, who just happens to be her supervisor at her summer job, then Jack, ex number two, who does to the same parties as her, and then there’s Xander, but he’s not an ex even if he keeps breaking Polly’s no-boys rule by always showing up where she works. Thank goodness Polly’s grandm...more
This took me longer to finish than I wanted. I'd been plowing through books and then I hit this one and skidded to a stop. It just took me too long to get into.

Polly has sworn off guys. They're all idiots who are obsessed with stupid things like cars, talking, hiking, and student government. She's planning on staying away from them...until she lays eyes on Xander. It gets a little more complicated.

I liked the advice strewn throughout the novel (and some of the fake questions for Miss Swoon that...more
The BookWhisperer
As a book blogger I hate having to give a review for a book that has proven to be a struggle. Swoon at your own risk, is just that kind of struggle that I hate to encounter. I believe that I should give a book at least 100 pages before making any decisions about what I think of the book as a whole. After giving this book that opportunity I was still at a loss to find my groove. Per the description this would be a book that I would typically read and enjoy, but I found that I this book is lacking...more
Ahhh...summer romance. What joy.

Wait, what am I saying? Summer romance rarely ends well, especially when you can't decide who to be romantic about!

SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK by Sydney Salter was a very cute and quite funny read. Following Polly (aka Pollywog) through her summer adventures in romance, this book gives us a cute tale that is both funny and at times a bit moving as well. Part of what makes this book such a good read is the format it's written in. From the first person point-of-view, it'...more
Every once in a while I come across a book that just clicks for me. This was one of those books. Sydney Salter is a local Utah author I met at Authorpalooza on Saturday and I picked up a signed copy of her book. I sat down to read it and less than 24 hours later I was done with a smile on my face. Swoon At Your Own Risk is a light, fun read that in my opinion is perfect for teens. Polly, the main heroine is looking for a little bit of distraction from her not-so-perfect life and tries out quite...more
Swoon at Your Own Risk is a fabulously fun novel that has officially made me start craving for summertime, even if it is about four months away.

Polly was a witty and sarcastic main character that constantly had me laughing and smiling, which made her story be an absolute blast to read about. I also found myself relating to her in the issues she has with distant father because the same thing has happened to me and my father over the years as it is now happening to her. Plus, her friends were the...more
I liked Swoon at Your Own Risk but I didn't really, really like it - it was good enough for me to enjoy thoroughly. I thought the plot was interesting but kind of cliche in some areas. I feel like there are always books about the main girl protagonist who decides to swear off boys and then hilarity ensues. Like, look at the Lonely Hearts Club. Isn't that the same thing or at least really similar?

Anyway, besides the plot, I enjoyed the characters. I actually didn't like Polly much because I just...more
Sara Grochowski
I absolutely loved Sydney Salter's sophmore novel, SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK! I was pulled in to Polly's story quickly and didn't want to the novel to end! While, at first glance, SWOON simply addresses the common theme of a girl with "daddy issues" turning to boys to deal with her problems, it is also a fun novel with hilarious dialogue.

I wasn't sure if I would really connect with or like Polly, but I was a bit attached to her by the end of the novel. She was spunky, sarcastic, and witty! While s...more
To be honest, I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would, but I think it's more something about me rather than about the book. This was a cute read with a swoon-worthy guy, as the title promises, but I just didn't find myself getting too much into it. I've read some very positive, glowing reviews for this, so I think it's just me. I tend not to like chick lit very much unless it's "different" (e.g. I loved Anna and the French Kiss).

Polly was hard for me to connect to. There wasn't any...more
The multitude of ex's hasn't really sunk in for Polly yet. When she gets stuck with a job with ex #2 Sawyer, she finally sees how dating the most active people in her junior year might just backfire. Active meaning that, for each one of them she's had to do something in order to keep up with what they were interested in, and mold herself to keep them interested in her. Having enough with the male species for a while, Polly wishes to disconnect herself from the testosterone population. Being focu...more
2.5 stars - I HATED this book at first, but it ended up growing on me a little bit later on.

At first, I couldn't stand Polly. She was self-centered and bugged the crap out of me. I hated how her world revolved around guys - and I'm not talking about the I have a guy, I'm going to lose myself in him - which she did also. I'm talking about not being able to think about anything but how hot the boy is and how she wants to make out with him. Get a grip! You're acting like a sex-crazed 14 year old bo...more
I'm not even for sure how to start this review. I liked this book, but it had its flaws. I think it should have possibly went through another round of edits before being released. One minute I would find myself completely engrossed and the next minute, I'd be struggling to get to the next chapter.

While slightly annoying at times, Polly was overall a character I grew to love. Sometimes she would crack me up and other times I just shook my head. She's a girl who really doesn't have her own path. S...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Swoon At Your Own Risk was a fun, well-written novel with a few exceptions. I enjoyed the storyline but I have mixed feelings about Polly, at first she came off as a sarcastic, selfish and boy crazy person. She always needed a guy in her life. No matter how many times she tried to stay away from them, she failed miserably. I didn't really get to know Polly until the middle of the book. Her defense mechanism was her sense of humor, it literally was an emotional shield. Even her best friend, Jane...more
From the blog:

Polly has a lot of Daddy issues in this book. She's looking for the attention her father doesn't give her from teenage boys. When Polly doesn't have a boyfriend she feels empty. Every time she gets a boyfriend she becomes who she thinks they want her to be. Whatever they're into, suddenly she's into. This leaves her doing many activities just to impress them. In turn, she loses herself and is only defined by who she's dating at the moment.

Unfortunately I know a couple girls like th...more
May 03, 2010 Mariah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mariah by: find books by title or author or isbn
Shelves: arc, 2010, april-10, chick-lit
This book was really cute! It made me long for lazy summer days, and summer romance. This was a really fluffy novel with deeper plot lines than are made obvious when you first pick up the book.

Polly was your typical teenage girl trying to find herself. She had become such a hodgepodge of different interests from all of the guys she had dated. This book was about her finding new love and learning not to compromise herself. Polly's grandma (Miss Swoon) was really funny and made me wish I had a gra...more
I loved Salter’s debut novel, My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters, I kid you not. I bawled like a 5 year-old for some reason. I had a huge grin on my face that my mom had to stop and ask why I was happy. When I find a novel that good I stalk the author. Seriously I’m like a rabid dog that will not let go until the owner of said leg dies…or something (preferably the something).

Swoon at Your Own Risk doesn’t deliver the initial love I had. My expectation bar was high, but the jump was just a f...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
In all fairness, this book is definitely worth 2.5 or possibly even 3 stars. It's a fun, summer read, and it has some interesting characters and situations in it. Overall, though, the book was just all over the place. I guess life is messy and complex, but I don't like it when a book feels like it has too much crammed into it. Xander turned out to be really lovely, but I felt like a lot of his poetry/observations (more the ones toward the beginning of the book) were a bit pretentious. Polly/Xand...more
I loved Salter's My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters, so I was beyond ecstatic to read her newest novel Swoon at Your Own Risk. Unfortunately, Swoon at Your Own Risk wasn't quite as impressive.

I liked this one... but didn't love it. The plot sounded really interesting, but there was just too many boys... not exactly copacetic. I could possibly understand Polly 'dating' a handful of guys durning a single school year, but having them all be her 'boyfriends'... that was just too much. (Not to...more
Swoon At Your Own Risk was a fun and cute read. This was my first book by Sydney Salter, but it will definitely not be my last. I went into the book headfirst, not knowing what to expect. I finished it in a couple of days and my reaction was: loved it! Swoon At Your Own Risk was witty and enjoyable, with deeper messages embedded in the pages. Polly learned a lot about herself and others throughout the novel and by the end of the book she’d changed a lot. I really liked all the characters. Polly...more
Princess Bookie
"My Thoughts: We meet Polly aka Pollywog who has too many ex-boyfriends. She has went through guys f...more My Thoughts: We meet Polly aka Pollywog who has too many ex-boyfriends. She has went through guys fast mostly because she adjusts her life to match theirs. If they like cars, she likes cars. We also meet a few of her ex-boyfriends and the ex-boyfriend who drives her bonkers named Sawyer. Polly has a summer job at the pool with Sawyer and everyday he makes her life rough bossing her around...more
Emma (Miss Print)
You could say Polly Martin wrote the book on love--specifically on why to avoid it all costs. Despite all of the sensible advice from her grandmother's syndicated advice column Miss Swoon and the cautionary tale of her own mother's divorce, Polly's junior year was filled with dating disaster after disaster. After disaster. And a few more disasters besides.

Polly has learned her lesson and is trying to focus on making her life a boyfriend free zone and making up to her best friend for spending the...more
Michelle Arrow
2.5 star rating

When you look at the cover of this novel, you'd think that it would end up being that perfect summer read. I'm sorry, but to me, it really wasn't.

Polly Martin's grandmother is known at the advice columnist, Miss Swoon, and is also known to give out the right advice at the right time. She has recently broken up with her boyfriend, and is now seeking for the right one, and then meets Xander Cooper, who lives close by, and is a hot skateboarder. Polly realizes that she's starti...more
I LOVE LOVE LOVED Sydney Salter's My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters so I just knew I had to give Swoon At Your Own Risk I try. Unfortunately this book didn't quite do it for me like her previous one did.

I think this is rare for me but I just didn't really like the main character Polly. She wasn't a bad person by any means but I don't know if she wasn't believable to me. I can't pinpoint it but I didn't really like her. Same goes for her mother and grandmother who were sort of absent in her...more
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